Harry Potter Butterbeer and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Our recipe for Harry Potter Butterbeer tastes just like what they sell at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A no-cook method that is SO easy!

Two glass mugs of Butterbeer

Harry Potter Butterbeer

We took a trip there last weekend and we fell in LOVE with this tasty drink. I knew I had to recreate it once I got home. It turns out it is SO easy to make! I will definitely be whipping up a batch for my next Harry Potter movie marathon. You can make this recipe two ways. If you are going for super authentic, you can add caramel and butter extracts to the cream soda. This really adds that extra butter-y flavor and makes it taste EXACTLY like the real thing.

If you are looking for a more simple recipe, you can just use plain cream soda. It still tastes SUPER yummy and you don’t have to spend the extra money on extracts only to put them in your pantry and never use them again. I think it tastes awesome both ways!

Butterbeer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with two candles in the background.

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More foods we LOVED at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and where to find them:

The Ribs Platter – The Three Broomsticks: We loved these ribs! The glaze was so yummy and I like that it is served with corn on the cob. Even though we were in Hogsmeade, I felt like this was a meal worthy of the Great Hall at Hogwarts!

Ribs platter from Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Three Broomsticks

Fish and Chips – The Three Broomsticks: These fish and chips were SO good! Sometimes I feel like fish and chips is all chip and no fish, but that was not the case here. Plus, the tartar sauce was so yummy that I dipped all my chips in it too!

Fish and Chips from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Three Broomsticks

Shepherd’s Pie – The Three Broomsticks: This Shepherd’s Pie was the perfect comfort food. I felt like I was in Molly Weasley’s kitchen eating a real home-cooked meal. I loved how they swirl the mashed potatoes on top!

Shepherd's Pie from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Three Broomsticks

Every Flavored Beans, Chocolate Frogs, and MORE – Honeydukes: Honeydukes was definitely my favorite shop. It was just like I imagined it when I read the books! Every nook and cranny was lined with goodies. We bought LOTS of souvenirs here. Our favorites were the Every Flavor Beans (they MEAN every flavor) and the Chocolate Frogs (they come with a cool collectors card, just like in the books). Here are a few shots from the store:

Where can I find Butterbeer at Universal Studios?

Butterbeer can easily be found inside of Universal Studios. As you enter The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is a bright red Butterbeer cart where you can purchase Butterbeer and Frozen Butterbeer. Butterbeer is also on the menu at The Three Broomsticks, of course!

Sisters at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter drinking butterbeer.

A very blurry picture of us drinking our Butterbeers in front of the castle. Group selfies can be a struggle!

How to Make Butterbeer

Butterbeer from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with two candles in the background.

Harry Potter Butterbeer Copycat Recipe

4.87 from 43 votes
Our recipe for Harry Potter Butterbeer tastes just like what they sell at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. A no-cook method that is SO easy!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Servings 8


  • Hand Mixer


For the Cream Topping:


  • In large mixing bowl, whip heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Add butterscotch topping and powdered sugar.
  • Mix the caramel and butter extracts with the cream soda and then pour the mixture into clear cups or mugs.
  • Top with butterscotch cream topping and enjoy!


Nutrition Information

Calories: 360kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 1gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 36mgSugar: 51gVitamin A: 435IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 0.1mg

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Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. Any suggestions if i cant get the watkin’s brand quick enough? I dragged my feet and now can’t get it here in time.

  2. hey I am wanting to use this recipe but I was wondering what the closest swap would be for the caramel extract. could I use caramel syrup instead. like torani syrup?

    1. Torani is mild and sweet. Extract is concentrated flavor and no sweetness. I would use the syrup myself as a sub.

  3. What is the best brand of cream soda to use? I’ve noticed there is a big flavor difference between brands especially in the USA.

  4. Your recipe says a 2-liter of crème soda but your affiliate link is for 4 (12?)oz bottles. Is the proportion you mention of the two extracts the proper amount for 48oz or for 2 liters?

    1. The recipe is for 2 liters of cream soda. Sometimes the Amazon products change depending on what is in stock.

  5. Any recommendations for the butterscotch topping? Are talking more like coffee syrup or sundae topping? Movie marathon and a mock Great Hall feast for Halloween this year. Want to make sure to get this one right!

  6. I´m in the party comittee for this years christmas party at my work and we have planned a Harry Potter theme. It would be so funny to start with a butterbeer and I think your recipe is the right one to try.
    I live in Denmark so it’s difficult to find cream soda in a shop, but luckily it’s possible to buy it online. I’ve read that you prefer the cream soda from A&W.
    It seems to me that A&W is a little lighter in colour, than the one from Dr.Pepper, which make the A&W more equal to the “real” one I tasted in Leavesden Studios in London
    As it is a little easier to find Dr.Pepper online, I would like to hear if you have any experience with that one? E.g, does the darker colour make a noticeable difference of the final result (colour or taste)?
    I will prefer to mix the cream soda with caramel and butter extract at home, but I’m afraid that it’ll goes flat if I mix it to early.
    How early in advance do you think I can mix it and still be sure that it is carbonated, when serving?

    1. Hi! A Harry Potter themed Christmas party sounds so fun! For the cream soda, are you referring to the Dr Pepper & Cream Soda drink? Or is there a Dr Pepper brand cream soda? I haven’t seen that in the US so I wasn’t sure. As far as the timing, the carbonation will flatten pretty quickly, so I would actually wait as long as possible to pour and mix it.

      1. I´m referring to the Dr.Pepper & Cream Soda drink. Have you tried that one?
        To be sure it won’t flatten I think I’ll just wait mixing it on my work. But I guess it’s not a problem to mix the cream topping in advance?

        1. Dr. Pepper itself has a very distinctive flavor that would certainly effect the taste and color the final product, even with the mixture of cream soda in it.

        2. I have tried that drink and it is delicious, but I am not sure how well it would work for this particular recipe. Let us know how it goes if you try it that way! And yes, you can make the cream topping beforehand!

  7. 5 stars
    I was just in Universal a couple weeks ago and tried the actual butterbeer. My only regret at the time was we got rained out later in the day so I couldn’t get a second glass. So I took to the internet to figure out how to make it at home.

    This recipe is very good. Probably 90% similar to the universal version. Maybe the other 10% is just actually being in Universal. That being said, highly recommend trying this if you want to get as close to the actual taste of real butterbeer as possible.

    The only changes I made: I added a big dollop of marshmallow fluff to the whipped cream and reduced the amount of butterscotch topping by maybe 1/3rd. I think it would have been a bit too much butterscotch flavor otherwise, and my result tasted identical to the Universal version. The only issue I had was that the whipped cream was slightly too thick, which was the case prior to adding the fluff. I’ll try mixing in some cream without whipping it to thin it out a little. But once it mixes with the soda a little, it thins out as well. Not a huge deal either way.

  8. 2 stars
    The whip cream was amazing! But the cream soda tasted like medicine 🥴 not as expected. Maybe it’s like the one in the amusement park but in the books it seems more buttery and warm, like eggnog. Oh well!

  9. IF YOU MEAN THE KID FRIENDLY BUTTER BEER THEN YES !!!!!!!!!!!I HAVENT TRIED IT YET BUT I AM GONNA HAVE IT FOR MY B DAY( I HAD A HARRY POTTER THEMED PARTY LAST YEAR AND I AM GONNA HAVE THE SAME THING THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM 8 YEARS OLD

    1. Happy Birthday Carrie! I hope you have a fabulous party with lots of delicious Butterbeer!

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I took half of the cream soda and froze in an ice tray and then added the rest when I put the cubes into my blender!!! AMMMMAZING!!!! We were lucky enough to have tried Butterbeer at Universal while traveling for work and I was hooked!! So thankful I found this recipe!!

    1. I did the conversion for those that don’t want to make 2 liters of it all at once. If you just want to do an individual can of cream soda, just add 5 drops of each (butter and carmel extract). I will usually split a can with my daughter. I still do the normal recipe for the whipped topping. It stores great in the fridge for a few days and goes great on top of waffles.

    1. It is sometimes hard to find. I’ve found it on Amazon before, but I think it’s seasonal at many grocery stores. You can substitute butterscotch extract or double the butter extract. Thanks for asking!